Welcome to the Association of Senior Anthropologists

The Association of Senior Anthropologists offers senior and retired anthropologists a continuing presence and voice in the discipline, allowing them to put their accumulated knowledge and insights to significant use.

The section has two main purposes:

(1) to serve as a forum for lively intellectual interactions and scholarly productivity, especially but not limited to presentations and publications by senior anthropologists as representatives of the living history of the discipline;

(2) to provide support needed by this cohort, including assistance with accessibility related to aging and in remaining professionally engaged when institutional support is reduced or absent.

2022 Overview

Following the small 2021 annual meeting in Baltimore, the first in-person after Covid, ASA was present in full force at the 2022 meeting in Seattle. The theme was Unsettling Landscapes. New officers installed on the executive board were Maria Cattell as President, Laura Zimmer-Tamakoshi as Secretary, and Helena Wulff as At Large Member #2. Tim Wallace transitioned from President to Past President. Jim Weil completed his term as Past President and Sue Kenyon completed her term as Secretary. A photo essay showing ASA activities and a list of events has been posted on the Meetings page.


2023 So Far

  • The list of Thursday Chats through the spring of this year can be found on the News page
  • The program theme for the annual AAA meeting November 15th to 19th in Toronto is “Transitions.” The portal for submitting panel proposals is closed now. See the News page for further information. If you have any ideas or questions, contact Program Chair (and President Elect) Jay Schensul.
  • If you have any suggestions concerning ASA activities and projects or are interested in serving in a leadership role, please contact President Maria Cattell.

Links to Anthropology News columns can be found on the AN Column page and to Thursday Chats can be found on the Archives page.